Obituaries

Thu
05
Mar

Dr. Melvin S. Anderson

Dr. Melvin S. Anderson, 103, longtime Seminole resident, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Ardmore. Melvin was born Aug. 26, 1911, near Blair. He was the fourth of ten children, of Sid and Cora (T’Lola) Anderson. Melvin graduated from Martha High School, Martha, Okla., in 1930. He attended Oklahoma A & M College in Stillwater and received his BS degree in 1935, and took his first teaching position at Dwight Mission, an Indian boarding school run by the Presbyterian Church, in the Cookson Hills, near Sallisaw. He returned to Oklahoma A & M, in 1937 to obtain his master’s degree, which he received in 1938. He married Helen Morrison, of Wetumka, during his master’s study and received his first teaching job at Taylor school, in Bowleg as principal. He taught in the public school system for seven years. After his tenure at Bowlegs, he was employed selling insurance and real estate in Wewoka.

Thu
05
Mar

Robert Jack Hayes

Robert Jack Hayes was born June 27, 1943, to Wayne and Imogene Harbord in Bristow. On March 1, 1951, Imogene married Gussie Hayes. Gussie adopted Jack and his sister and raised them as his own. He departed this life March 1, 2015, at the age of 71 years, eight months, and two days. Jack grew up in Bristow and graduated from Bristow High School in 1961. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for four years and was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Little Rock, Ark. After his service in the Air Force, Jack moved to Tulsa and became a machinist for Douglas Aircraft. At this time, he became a member of the Tulsa Jaycees, where he was named one of the “top ten Outstanding Young Men of America”. He moved back to Bristow where he met and married Violet Titsworth on Feb. 19, 1971. From this union were born two children, Brian and Jacquel. He and his family resided in Slick for many years where he served as town mayor for 28 years.

Thu
05
Mar

Larry Edward Funk

Larry Edward Funk was born June 3, 1944, to Clifford Carlos Funk and Alta Madelene (Skinner) Funk in Garden City, Mich. He departed this life on March 1, 2015, at the age of 70 years, eightmonths and 26 days. Growing up, Larry moved around numerous times and attended multiple schools; as his father was a reverend for the First Church of God. He lived in Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma. On Nov. 7, 1967, in Bristow, Larry Edward Funk and Glenna Faye Nolen were united in marriage. To this union were born three children, Jennifer Lee, Robert Michael “Bobby”, and Erin Elizabeth. Larry held numerous career positions throughout his life. In his early days, he was a dance instructor in Myrtle Beach, S.C.. Most notably, he was a senior account executive for ADP (Automatic Data Processing) for 15 plus years. As well, he was a DJ for KREK for many years, working both full and part time.

Tue
03
Mar

Donnitta Jean Mott

Donnitta Jean Mott was born July 1, 1944 to Floyd and Clytie Nelson in Sapulpa. She departed this life Feb. 26, 2015, at the age of 70 years, seven months and 25 days. She graduated from Sapulpa High School. She had been a resident of Beggs with her husband Phillip Mott for the last 15 years. She attended the Oak Grove Church near Edna. She enjoyed cooking, camping,going to the lake and taking care of those in need. She was a very kind, caring person and will be missed by all whoknew her. She is survived by her husband, Phillip Mott of the Beggs home; two daughters, Makayla Mott and Ashley Mott ofBeggs; two sons, Frank Nelson and wife, Kimberly of Weltyand Floyd Nelson and wife, Cheryl of Sapulpa; three grandchildren,Cody Nelson of Edmond. Ashley Underwoodof Tulsa and Chance Underwood of Welty. She was preceded in deathby her parents and several siblings. Graveside services were held 2 p.m.

Tue
03
Mar

Lawrence Axhelm

Lawrence Axhelm was born March 29, 1940, to Pluver and Lottie Axhelm. He departed this life Feb. 25, 2015, at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 27 days.He had been a Depew area resident most of his life. Hewas the owner and operator of Axhelm Auto Salvage. He enjoyed visiting with his friends. He never met a stranger. He also enjoyedgoing to garage sales. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by three children, Malinda Duke of Bristow,Michael Terry of Bristow and April Runyon of Oklahoma City; ex wife, Helen Terry of Bristow; best friends, Bear Johnson and Steve Crain; grandchildren, Mikey Terry, Chris Terry, James Culbreath,Corey Armstrong, MaKayla Armstrong, KymberlyArmstrong, Mistie Runyon, Chastity Runyon, Ashleigh Gaffney and Trenton Runyon. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Mildred Orcutt and Myrtle Gaines, ex wife Brenda Driver and one son, Jeffrey Runyon. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m.

Tue
03
Mar

Robert Jack Hayes,

Robert Jack Hayes was born June 27, 1943, to Wayne and Imogene Harbord in Bristow. He departed this life March 1, 2015, at the age of 71 years, eight months, and two days. Jack grew up in Bristowand graduated from Bristow High School in 1961. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for four years and was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Little Rock, Ark. After hisservice in the Air Force, Jack moved to Tulsa and became a machinist for Douglas Aircraft. At this time he became a member of the Tulsa Jaycees, where he was named one of the “top ten outstanding young Men of America”. He moved back to Bristowwhere he met and married Violet Titsworth on Feb. 19,1971. From this union were born two children, Brian andJacquel. He and his family resided in Slick for many years where he served as town mayor for 28 years. He was instrumental in getting the water and natural gas lines from Bristow to Slick.

Tue
03
Mar

Marion Margaret Strohl Doles

Marion Margaret Doles was born Nov. 30, 1923 in Daggett Mich. to Michaeland Barbara (Lindner) Strohl who came from Amberg, atown in Bavaria, Germany. She departed this life on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the age of 91 years two months and 28 days. Marion graduated from Stephenson High School in Stephenson, Mich., in 1942. On Nov. 21, 1965, she married D.J. Doles in Menominee, Mich. They enjoyed many happy years together until his passing in 1985. Prior to moving to Bristow, Marion was self-employed, working in the Cheese and Creamery Factory; and has called Bristow her home for the last forty years.Marion was known for giving back to her community. She volunteered at Rainbow Nursing Home once a month, playing bingo with the residents. As well, she picked up people to go to the doctor and also to church. For twenty years, Marion was a Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer. She was a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion and the Altar Society of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Tue
03
Mar

Jackie Ann Davis,

Dona Jean Johnson (Sambenedetto), 66, of Bristow died Feb. 19, 2015, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. Dona was born in Cleveland, Ohio to AnthonySambenedetto and Ruth Voight.Dona married Carlton Johnson on June 13, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nev.Dona leaves behind her loving husband, Carlton Johnsonof Bristow, two daughters, Samantha (Scott) Ballew ofChillicothe, Ill. and Tabitha Sambenedetto of Bristow,three grandchildren, Joey Del Toro, Austin Del Toro, andKatelyn Ballew. Also surviving are Tamera Overstreet andScott Hyde who are her niece and nephew both of California. Dona also had numerous other nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Dona was preceded in deathby her mother, her infant daughter, Amber Jean Johnson, her sister, Nancy Hyde and brother-in-law, Andy Hyde. Dona was a loving wife and mother who spent the majorityof her life as a homemaker.

Tue
03
Mar

Jackie Ann Davis,

Jackie Ann Davis, resident of Ponca City passed away Feb. 24, 2015. She was 87. When she was 70 years old, Jackie climbed an 11,000 foot mountain in Colorado. After taking a few moments to catch her breath, she then yodeledout across the Rocky Mountains...it was the exuberance for life that lasted 87years. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8,2015, at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel, with a gravesidegathering at Magnolia Cemetery in ristow at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under thedirection of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory. Jackie was born on July 4,1927, and adopted by Glen and Myrtle Bryson of rural Bristow in 1929. Every birthdaywas a Fourth of July celebration with watermelon, cakeand fireworks. After graduating from Bristow High School in Mayof 1945, she attended Oklahoma A & M receiving of Bachelor of Science Degree inelementary education with additional credit hours in psychology, art and physical education.

Thu
26
Feb

Letha Lucille Cearley

Letha Lucille Cearley was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Lucille was born July 13, 1933, in Bristow. She married the love of her life, Gene, on Oct. 1, 1950, in Huntsville, Ark. She resided in Owasso with her husband Gene until moving to Gila, N.M. in August of 2014. Lucille had a tender and giving spirit and loved her large family and family gatherings. She enjoyed singing and playing the piano and being involved in the church. She was self taught in playing the piano, bass fiddle and accordion, and played in church.

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